Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Chpt 5

Chapter five discusses self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is of great importance to each individual. When a person truly believes in themselves, and is confident that they can accomplish a task, chances for success increase. Motivation is created when a person believes that they can complete a goal. Self-esteem also contributes to the confidence created by an individuals positive self-efficacy. For example, those with a strong sense of self-efficacy develop deeper interest in the activities in which they participate, leading to higher success rates. Those with a strong self efficacy also recover quickly from setbacks, going to show that self-confidence creates a sense of endurance in the face of uncertainty. Maintaining a high sense of self-efficacy in peers and in oneself is crucial to personal success.


Kreitner, Robert. Organizational Behavior. 9th ed. Vol. 1. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2010.


  1. That's a good point you pose here about people having more self-efficacy in areas that they're interested. It does affect someone's self-efficacy because the more interested they are in the subject, the more willing they are to try and accomplish the task even if they're not completely sure of it. If someone's unfamiliar or isn't interested in a subject at hand, it might make them less sure of themselves for completing the task because they have no stake in it. In order to avoid this, I think companies should provide workshops for employees to deal with situations where they are given tasks that they might not be necessarily interested in or knowledgeable about. By having the workshops, the employees can cope with such situations in a way that creates adequate levels of self-efficacy in completing the task.

  2. I also believe that self-efficacy is an important role of success. I was recently in Hawaii and one of the games we were short a couple of key players versus one of the best teams in the league. Everyone in the gym expected us to get blown out. We believed we could beat them though and we made the game go into overtime even though we were smaller and weaker than the other team. We were able to accomplish this because we were self motivated and had confidence within ourselves.

  3. I cannot agree more. Without self efficacy, individuals lack the drive necessary to complete a task. With that said, self efficacy also motivates workers to proud of the work that they've accomplished, giving them the drive to work harder in the future. Without self-motivation it is hard to see an end of project in site.

  4. Self-efficacy applies to everyday life situations and not just to the business world. I completely agree that people self-efficacy is key in a person's success because in a sense it is like mind over matter and if a person believes that he or she can accomplish a task that person will do so and do it with utmost efficiency and excellence.